Camilla met soldiers from 4th Battalion, The Rifles and as their Royal Colonel, was given the honour of travelling in a Husky armoured vehicle as she watched them training on Salisbury Plain.
Her Royal Highness became Royal Colonel of 4 RIFLES when the battalion, formerly 2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets, was formed on 1 February 2007.
The battalion is likely to deploy in the next few months.
Bringing last minute festive cheer on Christmas morning, 78 sacks of post (1 tonne) arrived by helicopter in Main Operating Base (MOB) Lashkar Gah – home to the 4th Mechanized Brigade (‘Black Rats’) headquarters.
A full Christmas lunch, including all the trimmings, was served in the cookhouses of Camp Bastion, MOB Lashkar Gah and patrol bases across Helmand. Even the troops manning the security towers or sangars surrounding Camp Bastion were not forgotten and enjoyed personal deliveries of hot food.
Providing a little Christmas cheer to forces overseas every year is the UK based charity called uk4uThanks! This is an organisation funded by money donated by members of the public. The presents (affectionately known as the ‘square stocking’) act as a gift from the nation to all those serving in the UK Armed Forces overseas away from their families and loved ones on Christmas Day. The boxes, containing a host of goodies from business sponsors and bought with money donated from members of the public, were delivered in time to be opened on Christmas Day. Much speculation abounds as to the contents of the boxes and it is never a disappointment as much thought is put into providing amusing and useful gifts away from home at Christmas time.
Radio 1’s Greg James to broadcast show from Afghanistan
Radio 1’s Greg James is to host his afternoon show from Afghanistan for five days from Monday 10 December.
The DJ will broadcast from Camp Bastion where he’ll follow serving soldiers and deliver Christmas messages for UK troops.
His show is from 4-7pm every day and will be run with the help of British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS).
Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ Tim Westwood broadcast live from Afghanistan last year and BFBS presenters Richard Hatch and Jessie Aru also anchored segments live on Radio 1 in 2010 from Camp Bastion.
Officers first deployed to Helmand four years ago, with the task of moving the Afghan force away from their traditionally paramilitary security role and towards a more everyday police service for their community.
The main contingent of MoD police is at a dedicated training centre, but Forces News’ Julie Knox has caught up with the two-man team of coppers who live at a patrol base, with the job of mentoring district Afghan Uniform Police chiefs.
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